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Matthew Robert Salinger (/ˈsælɪnər/; born February 13, 1960) is an American actor and producer, known for his appearances in the films Revenge of the Nerds and Captain America. He is the son of author J. D. Salinger and psychologist Alison Claire Douglas.

Matt Salinger
Matthew Robert Salinger

(1960-02-13) February 13, 1960 (age 59)
ResidenceFairfield County, Connecticut
Alma materColumbia University
(B.A., Art History, 1983)
OccupationActor, producer
Betsy Jane-Becker
(m. 1985)
Parent(s)J. D. Salinger
Claire Douglas

Early lifeEdit

Matthew Robert Salinger[1] was born February 13, 1960 in Windsor, Vermont, the son of author J. D. Salinger and psychologist Alison Claire Douglas.[2] Salinger's maternal grandfather was British art critic Robert Langton Douglas.[3] He has a sister, Margaret Salinger.[4][5]

Salinger graduated from Phillips Academy Andover and attended Princeton University before graduating from Columbia University with a degree in art history and drama.[1]


Salinger made his film debut in 1984's Revenge of the Nerds. He played Captain America in the 1990 film Captain America.[6]

Salinger subsequently appeared in films including What Dreams May Come[7] and episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit[8] and 24.[9]

Salinger has produced several independent films, including Let the Devil Wear Black[10] and Mojave Moon.[11] In 2000, he produced the off-Broadway play The Syringa Tree,[12][13][14] which won a Drama Desk Award, the Drama League Award, the Outer Critic's Circle Award,[15][16] and the Village Voice Obie Award for Best Play of the Year in 2001.[17]

Unpublished works by J. D. SalingerEdit

J. D. Salinger continued to write throughout his life, although he did not publish any works after 1965. His widow, Colleen O'Neill, and Matt Salinger prepared this work for publication after his death, announcing in 2019 that "all of what he wrote will at some point be shared", but that it was a big job and not yet ready.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Salinger married jewelry designer Betsy Jane Becker in 1985. They live in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and have twin sons Gannon and Avery (born March 28, 1994).[19]

In contrast to his sister, Margaret, who wrote a 1999 memoir about her childhood titled Dream Catcher, Salinger is a devoted protector of his father's privacy.[4] A few weeks after Margaret's book was published, Salinger wrote a letter to The New York Observer, disparaging his sister's "gothic tales of our supposed childhood."[5]


  1. ^ a b "Betsy Jane Becker to Marry Matt Salinger in May". The New York Times. October 14, 1984. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Matt Salinger Biography (1960-)". Film Reference. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Smith, Dinitia (August 30, 2000). "Salinger's Daughter's Truths as Mesmerizing as His Fiction". The New York Times.
  4. ^ a b Finkle, David (February 15, 2001). "Produced by Matt Salinger". Theater Mania. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Malcolm, Janet (June 21, 2001). "Justice to J. D. Salinger". The New York Review of Books. Archived from the original on November 15, 2006. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  6. ^ Ryan, Mike (July 20, 2011). "Matt Salinger: The True Captain America?". GQ.
  7. ^ "Full Cast of What Dreams May Come Actors/Actresses". Ranker. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  8. ^ Green, Susan; Dawn, Randee (September 1, 2009). Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unofficial Companion. BenBella Books, Inc. Google Books. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "Matt Salinger ". TV Guide. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  10. ^ Leydon, Joe (June 28, 1999). "Let the Devil Wear Black". Variety.
  11. ^ Duthel, C. (March 3, 2012). Angelina Jolie - The Lightning Star. p. 215. Google Books. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  12. ^ Weber, Bruce (December 22, 2001). "THEATER REVIEW; One Women Portrays the Many Faces of Apartheid". The New York Times.
  13. ^ Gray, Paul (August 6, 2006). "Black, White and Colored". The New York Times.
  14. ^ Hill, Logan (2000). "Cult Hit: Salinger's Stage". New York magazine.
  15. ^ Long, Amay Nora. "Pamela Glen and the making of The Syringa Tree". American Repertory Theater. Harvard University. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  16. ^ Jones, Kenneth (August 1, 2001). "Kate Blumberg Branches Out Into Syringa Tree Aug. 1". Playbill.
  17. ^ Isherwood, Charles (May 29, 2001). "Obies fete 'Syringa Tree': Seldes gets sustained achievement award". Variety.
  18. ^ Alison Flood (1 February 2019). "JD Salinger's unseen writings to be published, family confirms". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  19. ^ Alexander, Paul (1999). Salinger: A Biography. Los Angeles: Renaissance. p. 292. ISBN 1-58063-080-4.

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